For Sale: 2007 Suzuki SV650

It's time to sell my bike, so rather than keep posting this same information all over the place, I'll list it all here, one time, and link back to it.  For Sale is a 2007 Suzuki SV650 (naked, not the 'S' model), with about 14,700 miles on it.  I'm asking $3,900.  It's a GREAT learner bike; very quick, light weight, and agile.  Small enough to learn on, but large enough to be fun (and useful) for a more experienced rider.  Fuel injection is a very nice plus.

The mobile web and Responsive Web Design

I've finally committed some small piece of time and mental bandwidth to "solving" the problem of making my (and our clients') web sites more mobile-friendly.  For a couple clients, this is a huge issue and we need a solution.  Here's a great article on Responsive Web Design, which is my current favorite solution:

Tethered Internet access using Android and Bluetooth

For less than $10, I bought a USB bluetooth dongle for my laptop.  Ubuntu recognized it right away as a bluetooth radio and started using it.  For a test, I paired my laptop with my Android phone, which was also easy and flawless.  What I didn't expect was that immediately after the pairing, a dialog popped up on the laptop telling me about a new network that had been detected.  The system automatically uses the Android Internet connection (cell data) without any effort on my part.  Sweet!  Bottom line.

Recovering a Droid X stuck at the Motorola Logo

One of our Droid X phone's had a problem yesterday, where it wouldn't respond to anything.  On shutdown/reboot, it got stuck at the red Motorola logo and wouldn't move past it...even after being on the charger for 10 hours.  I started looking closely at the phone, and noticed that the buttons along the bottom didn't feel like they were 'clicking' when pressed...they gave no response at all, like they were part of the case instead.  I started 'flicking' at the edge of the buttons with my fingernail, and got them to pop back into place.

Cloning a VirtualBox Win XP installation to a larger drive

For whatever combination of reasons, I haven't had any good luck in cloning Windows XP installations to a new, larger drive.  It just has never worked for me until today (sort of).  I want to document my success in copying a Win XP Pro installation from a 10gb VirtualBox VDI to a 30gb VirtualBox VDI.  It's not the same as moving Windows to a 'real' disk, but it's better than anything else I've been able to do so far.  

  1. Create the new, bigger hdd (vdi file) in VirtualBox.  I did this as part of creating a whole new Virtual Machine.  

Responses to Houghton Lake Resorter Questionnaire

My responses to the RAPS board candidate questionnaire sent via mail from the Houghton Lake Resorter.  Name: John E. BowenAge: 37 yearsTelephone Number: withheld from online articleLength of Residence in District: 11 years Length of time served on this or other boards:

  • Cub Scout Pack 3944 Committee: 2005-2009 - committee member (4 years), treasurer (3 years)
  • Roscommon North Youth Soccer Association (RNYSA): 2006-2009, 2010-present - President (4 years+)


REA Board of Education Candidate Questions

At the Request of the Roscommon Education Association, I've provided the following answers (the questions were sent to me via regular mail by the REA).1. As you view Roscommon Area Public Schools, what do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of the K-12 program? What would you do to maintain and improve the strengths? How would you address the weaknesses? I’ll start this response with a disclaimer. While I do have a handful of questions for which I would like answers, I’m also aware that some of my questions stem directly from a lack of understanding on my part.


Community Input Forum

Tonight, the Roscommon Area Public Schools hosted a community forum at the high school, where they collected input for areas to cut in the upcoming budget year.  We heard a pretty good (if brief) presentation about the funding sources (federal and state) that are being reduced, and how the combination of those reductions has surprised the district.  We then met in small groups to discuss/group-think ideas that hadn't been mentioned yet.


Migrating from Drupal 5 to Drupal 7

This blog (the one where you're reading this text) was originally published with Drupal 5.  I've been exploring ways to upgrade all the way to Drupal 7, now that it's out and available, but had been struggling with an easy way to get my old 'blog' entries moved over... there wasn't a lot there (something like 66 entries), but some of them still get click-throughs once in a while, and I hate to just 'give up' on a challenge like that.